You are here

Social enterprise

Julia Metzner

Community reuse center Baterkáren brings life to the circular economy principles

Baterkáren

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Slovak Republic

Language for original content:

Key Area:

Scope:

Baterkaren's mission is to make sustainability (circular economy principles and associated environmental protection) accessible to the general public, in order to render communities capable to adapt as effectively as possible to the potential impacts of climate change in the area.

CiLAB collective creates new circular concepts on textile and furniture waste

@greenbrand.be CiLAB and VOMO

Together with the students for furniture design of VOMO the CiLAB collective started a journey creating new circular concepts based on textile and furniture waste. The concepts do not only facilitate awareness but also link with the local community and the city of Mechelen.

Quid Project - sustainable and ethical fashion

Quid

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Italy

Language for original content:

Scope:

Production supply chain

Quid provides jobs for vulnerable people, especially women, in a field for which Italy is renowned: fashion. Quid markets its ethical and sustainable clothing under the label Quid Project. The project sources the raw material from the Italian fashion and textile world, using production surpluses and end-of-series fabrics. It therefore combines social and environmental impact.

'Terra di Tutti' turns waste material into opportunities for refugees or disadvantaged people

Terra di tutti

TERRA DI TUTTI (meaning "Everybody's earth") is a social enterprise in the Tuscan Region giving a second life to scraps and promoting handicrafts as an opportunity for different cultures to meet.

From a broken umbrella to a flying kite: a social cooperative that reinterprets discarded objects

Lister

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Italy

Language for original content:

Textiles, clothing and leather

Scope:

The Lister Sartoria Sociale cooperative interprets the textile product in relation to the urban habitat, retracing its socio-economic transformations, memories, reworking its codes, styles and materials. Discarded objects, fabrics and garments are collected and reworked, crossing experimentation and traditional techniques.

The leading "packaging-as-a-service" from reCIRCLE for takeaway food and drinks

Recircle

reCIRCLE is the market-leading industrial solution for reusable packaging for takeaway catering. The "lunchbox as a service" concept saves millions of disposable containers every day.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Ireland
About this contact: 

Dr Sarah Miller is Chief Executive of the Rediscovery Centre, Ireland's National Centre for the Circular Economy. Since 2005, Sarah has overseen the development of the centre as an ecological centre of excellence and an innovation hub for the circular economy in Ireland. Sarah has a keen interest in research and holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Master’s in Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Biotechnology.

Based in Dublin, but operating on a national basis, the Rediscovery Centre is a creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support the circular economy and sustainable, low-carbon living. The centre’s work is built around the three key themes of education, demonstration and advocacy. To support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland, the centre provides training, education and events that inspire active participation and citizen engagement.

The visitor centre demonstrates good practice through social enterprise excellence, a reuse retail collective and onsite circular economy programmes and showcases. Working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, the centre also runs the national Circular Economy Academy, a free mentoring and support programme to assist social enterprises and community organisations embrace circularity. In collaboration with the Irish government, regional and city authorities, NGOs, academic institutions and corporate partners, the Rediscovery Centre’s education, research and policy team coordinate action-based programmes which drive change and support the circular economy in Ireland.

Envie Autonomie collects and renovates technical equipment from rehabilitation centers, hospitals and care centres

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
France

Language for original content:

Scope:

The French company, Envie Autonomie, collects and renovates technical equipment, such as wheelchairs, used beds, walkers and other aids. In this way, they ensure a second life to important equipment.

Het Hof van Cartesius: the circular hotspot for circular action

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

Het Hof van Cartesius is a non-governmental, bottom-up cooperative that provides circular and green workspaces for sustainable and creative entrepreneurs. The buildings are constructed completely with respect for circular design, using only secondary or biobased materials.

PC4Change – Electronic refurbishing with the best of intentions

PC4Change

PC4Change is a project of the Reware Cooperative - Social Enterprise, specialized since 2013 in the refurbishing of computers dismissed by large companies.

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria – the world’s first recycling mall

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Sweden

Language for original content:

Key Area:

Scope:

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria revolutionises shopping by being the world's first recycling mall in Eskilstuna, Sweden. ReTuna takes old items and gives them new life through repair and upcycling. The public can leave items in the recycling containers provided by the mall, and they are then redistributed to the shops. 

LONGTIME® - a label for products designed to last

LONGTIME Label for products designed to last. Product durability, sustainable production and consumption

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
France

Language for original content:

Ethikis has created LONGTIME®, the first European, independent label identifying and promoting products designed to last.

PermaFungi - recycling coffee grounds into upcycled products

PermaFungi

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium

Language for original content:

PermaFungi is a Brussels-based social cooperative that recycles waste coffee grounds into different upcycled products.

From waste to wealth: a digital matching platform finds new high-value reuse options for your materials or (waste) products

circular economy waste management

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

Excess Materials Exchange (EME) is a young and innovative technology company whose digital matching platform aims to find new high-value reuse options for materials or (waste) products for companies.

From digging to building: construction site excavations make perfect, low-emission new bricks

Circular building earth building Compressed earth blocks

At its production site in Brussels, BC materials blends and transforms ordinary earth streams - what some consider to be waste - into perfectly circular building materials.

About Blanks gives new life to old books

About Blanks sketch- notebooks made from old book covers and recycled materials

About Blanks makes sketchbooks and notebooks from old book covers and recycled materials.

Croatian cooperative Humana Nova gives used clothing a new life, and its members a new dream to fulfill

Humana Nova

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Croatia

Language for original content:

Scope:

Social Cooperative Humana Nova Čakovec encourages the employment of disabled and other socially excluded persons for the production and sale of quality and innovative textile products made from ecological and recycled fabrics for the local and regional markets.

CleanCup fights plastic pollution one reusable cup at a time

CleanCup logo

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
France

Language for original content:

Scope:

CleanCup® distributes, collects and washes reusable cups automatically, on site, in order to eradicate the use of disposable cups and improve the way of drinking.

Rediscover Cycling puts life back into unwanted bicycles

Rediscover Cycling

Rediscover Cycling is a bicycle reuse social enterprise located at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

Rediscover Fashion promotes circular design by giving new life to unwanted textiles

Rediscover Fashion

Rediscover Fashion is a social enterprise that produces 100 % redesigned and repurposed clothing, accessories, and home ware ranges from unwanted textiles, preventing the materials from being sent to landfill.

Rediscover Paint collects unwanted paint and prepares it for reuse

Rediscover Paint

This social enterprise collects unwanted paint donated at local recycling centres, filters and remixes it to create new paint sold at the Rediscovery Centre’s Eco Store.

Rediscover Furniture promotes upcycling by giving new life to old furniture

Rediscover Furniture is a furniture restoration and upcycling social enterprise housed at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

La Tête dans les Nuages creates multicoloured bean bags out of exhausted hot air balloons

La Tête dans les Nuages gives a second chance to hot air balloons, advertising posters and polystyrene packaging, which would otherwise go to waste, by upcycling them into bean bags.

RePack's reusable and returnable packaging combines end-of-life guarantee with social economy

RePack products

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
EU

Language for original content:

Key Area:

Scope:

RePack is the easiest way to implement circular economy in eCommerce. Using reusable and returnable RePack packaging service means sustainability in every package.

The reusable RePack bags are and made of durable and recycled materials and come in three adjustable sizes. They replace single-use packaging as the customer chooses RePack as the mean of package for delivery.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La polveriera

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Italy

Language for original content:

The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

Pages